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The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)

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Charles 'Slim' Lindbergh struggles to finance and design an airplane that will make his New York to Paris flight the first solo transatlantic crossing.

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Benjamin Frank Mahoney, President Ryan Airlines Co.
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Donald Hall, Chief Engineer Ryan Airlines
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O.W. Schultz, Salesman Atlas Suspender Co.
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Biography of Charles Lindburgh from his days of precarious mail runs in aviation's infancy to his design of a small transatlantic plane and the vicissitudes of its takeoff and epochal flight from New York to Paris in 1927. Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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20 April 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'odyssée de Charles Lindbergh  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Producer Jack L. Warner was strongly opposed to the casting of James Stewart, which he believed caused the film to flop on its release in 1957. See more »

Goofs

When Lindbergh is in the New York City office of the President of Columbia Aircraft Co.to inquire about the purchase of a Bellanca, the view out the window shows the western portion of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, making the skyline that of San Francisco, not N.Y.C. See more »

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Reporter: [checking his copy] Here at the Garden City Hotel, less than a mile from Roosevelt Field... less than three-quarters of a mile from Roosevelt Field... everyone is waiting, as they have been now for seven days and nights, waiting for the rain to stop...
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The Stars and Stripes Forever
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Music by John Philip Sousa
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It is amazing that in the 100th year of flight you can't get this on DVD!
13 August 2003 | by (Pa.) – See all my reviews

This is a great story. Although there are some Jimmy Stewart cornball parts, for the most part it is a compelling tale about an individual with a compelling drive, vision and sense of adventure - to say the least. The bottom line is it is one of my favorites to watch and I've done so probably dozens to times -- that is until someone stole it our of a bag I brefly left on a plane on a flight to California!

Some have commented about too many flashbacks but I don't know a better way to keep a long flight interesting. For those of us who actually fly, flight can be hours of boredom punctuated by moments of terror. I wouldn't have wanted to see the flight shortened at all. The oppressive need for sleep and the drone and surrounding loneliness is part of the story.

There are many parts that I particularly like including the takeoff from Long Island and landing at night in Paris (Wow, things have really changed with us and the French since then!). The airplane building scenes and the record-breaking flight from San Diego are interesting as is the incident over the Atlantic in ice (which I understand is not completely true but did happen on the San Diego flight).

One gets the sense that one of Lindbergh's biggest assets are his enlightened supporters as well as his persistence.

Some of the lines that ring in my head now and then include "Pull the chocks!" on the takeoff scene and "I hope I don't have to use it that way" when describing the submarine-like "periscope" to the lady who lent him a mirror so he could better see his overhead instruments.

This movie is not for everybody but it certainly is for me. I hope they make it on DVD soon so I can replace my stolen version!


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